1700-year-old shipwreck discovered in the Sea of Marmara

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A 1700-year-old shipwreck was discovered in the Sea of Marmara, located in the northwest of Turkey. The discovery was made by the maritime police of Yalova.

The shipwreck was located 200 meters away from the shore of Yalova. The wreck was named ‘Yalova Gazi 1 Shipwreck’.

During the excavations conducted in the area by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, various artifacts were unearthed, including amphoras, wooden fragments, and ballast stones that were commonly used in trade between the 9th and 13th centuries.

Yalova Gazi 1 Shipwreck

In the study initiated under the scientific coordination of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Serkan Gündüz, the Head of the Underwater Archaeology Department at Bursa Uludağ University, maritime police divers retrieved artifacts from 12 different points under 10 meters of water. These artifacts included amphoras used for storing fish, oil, olives, and dried food, as well as wooden parts and ballast stones used on ships.

The amphoras are identified as Ganos Type 1 and were commonly used in trade between the 9th and 13th centuries AD. Artifacts extracted from the Yalova Gazi 700 Shipwreck, believed to be around 1,100 years old, have been transported to the Yalova Police Marine Port Branch Directorate.

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Photo: Emre Can KAZMALI (DHA)

The amphoras are identified as Ganos Type 1 and were commonly used in trade between the 9th and 13th centuries AD. Artifacts extracted from the Yalova Gazi 700 Shipwreck, believed to be around 1,100 years old, have been transported to the Yalova Police Marine Port Branch Directorate.

Çağlardere, “About a month ago, during our last training dive, our divers spotted 1-2 objects and suggested further investigation. Later, when we dived together, we encountered a structure underwater. We informed the relevant authorities. Upon further dives, it was confirmed that there was a shipwreck here,” he said.

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